Michiana's Green Scene
A tremendous amount of technology will be needed to save the ecology of our planet. Michiana has both tech innovators and scientists.
Fernwood Botanical Gardens
Location: 13988 Range Line Rd, Niles, MI 49120, 269-695-6491
Fernwood is a special place where people, plants, and nature come together. Beautiful gardens surrounded by forest are tucked into a landscape of 105 acres of cultivated and natural areas along the scenic St. Joseph River valley. Miles of trails await, and indoors, visitors may enjoy an art gallery, fern conservatory, nature center, cafe, and gift shop. Fernwood offers many possibilities for learning and enrichment, including classes, workshops, lectures, concerts, trips, exhibits, and special events.
Fernwood is a private, not-for-profit institution. We receive no government funds, so contributions are necessary for our operation and development. More than 2,500 members and friends help make Fernwood the special place that it is through their donations of money and service.
Green Bridge Growers
Location: Innovation Park Notre Dame, 1400 E. Angela Blvd. #148, South Bend, IN 46617
Green Bridge Growers uses innovative methods to grow sustainable, fresh produce for your table year-round. Our venture is also grounded in a strong social mission - to create jobs that harness the amazing skills of young adults with autism. We grow local, organic vegetables for our community, and those who buy from us help to create jobs and change lives.
Greening The Bend
Location: Greening the Bend, PO Box 374, South Bend, IN 46624
Greening The Bend seeks to bolster a renaissance in South Bend by promoting green spaces and human-friendly urban features that protect water and our River as a precious natural resource. This will result in social, economic, and environmental benefits for the South Bend area. Our first project is a "green" roof for the Century Center that will protect our River from contaminants while providing an exciting gathering space and outdoor learning lab.
Hoosier Environmental Council
The voice of the people for 30 years. The eyes and ears of everyone in Indiana who is concerned about the environment. And everyone who should be. The Hoosier Environmental Council is Indiana’s leading educator and advocate for environmental issues and policies. We are passionate about our role in shaping the state’s environmental future and all who will be affected by it.
We have made significant progress in protecting forests, groundwater, and lakes throughout the state. Yet, as unbelievable as it sounds, Forbes magazine ranks Indiana the 49th greenest state. So there is a lot of work to do. A lot of teaching. A lot of talking. And a lot of listening.
We could spend our energy pointing fingers, and those who are responsible should certainly be held accountable. But that energy would be best utilized in finding new solutions and alternatives to the practices and misguided efforts that got us where we are today. Hoosiers are smart, hard-working, resourceful people. Exactly the kind of people we’re proud to represent and to help us get the job done.
Location: 19890 Stateline Rd, South Bend, IN 46637, 574-485-1400
Inovateus Solar strives to provide the best solar integrated system to our customers by harnessing free energy from the sun. Our passion for solar and energy independence allows us to find the best solution and adapt quickly to changing technology. We do this by managing our business with integrity and the highest ethical standards, while acting in an environmentally responsible manner. While serving our customers to the best of our ability, we place a particular emphasis on the well being of our teammates and the communities we serve.
As a solar integrator, we want the best product for every situation. We've partnered with top solar module and inverter manufacturers to offer the highest quality, cutting-edge products on the planet.
Sharing information about building gardens out of plain, boring yards. Build a couple of meals out of 10 square feet or provide food to last a winter out of an entire yard. Back yard, front yard, side lot--wherever you get a ton of sun--JUST GROW IT! Public FB Group
Purple Porch Co-op
Location: 123 N. Hill Street, South Bend, IN 46601 574-287-6724
We specialize in locally grown, organic, bulk, and other specialty foods and are proud of the wide variety of items we carry, from dairy, meats, fresh produce and snacks to cleaning products, paper supplies and personal hygiene items.
South Bend Office of Sustainability Office
Location: 227 W. Jefferson Blvd, Suite 1316, South Bend, Indiana 46601
Sustainability is an approach that accounts for environmental, economic and social impacts in activities both within city government and in the larger South Bend community. Sustainability focuses on maximizing the “Three Es” -- Economy, Environment, and Equity -- also known as the “triple bottom line.”
Location: LaSalle Square, 3701 Prast Blvd, South Bend IN 46628
Physically by increasing accessibility of fruits and vegetables as well as providing education on nutrition and food preparation.
Socially by providing education, increased social capital, and opportunities for the disadvantaged
Economically: by developing a sustainable local food system, recapturing food waste, creating new jobs, and
increasing per-capita productivity
Unity Gardens provide fresh healthy food for anyone.
Unity Gardens brings diverse people together
Unity Gardens provides education empowering the community to grow its own healthy food
Location: 1011 N. Main St. Elkhart, IN 46514
The overlying purpose of Wellfield Botanic Gardens (WBG) is to promote the inseparable relationship between water, plants and animals. It will be a source for inspiration, creativity and education in a setting dedicated to the celebration of nature. The Gardens will be a place that fosters a sense of responsibility and a sense of stewardship for the natural world. It will be a place that brings people together, draws visitors and builds community. Nature and the Gardens provide a spiritual richness to life that is an essential part of being human.